Monday, 8 December 2014

Boots No.7 Beauty Advent Calender Days 1--7

Boots No.7 Beauty Calender £35 (contents worth £130) Sold out online, but may still be available in some stores.

Day 1
 Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid 10ml
worth £3.67
Has a slight shimmer which will reflect light to give a healthy glow on the skin.

Day 2
 High Shine Lip Crayon in shade 'Daydreamer'
worth £4.65
Gives a nice sheer on the lips and is moisturising.

Day 3
Eye Colour Brush
rrp £7.25
I like brushes so happy to see this included. The bristles are fairly soft.

Day 4
Youthful Eye Serum 7ml
Worth £9.75
Always good to see an eye cream, this small sample is half the full sized, and will last quite a while.

Day 5
Stay Perfect Nail Colour 4ml in shade 'Highland Mist'
rrp full size £6
Cute little polish in a nice pinky shade.

Day 6
Lash Impact Intense Volume Control Mascara 4.5ml
worth £8.68
I have a few mascaras open right now so won't be using this until the others have been used up.

Day 7
 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow 1.5g 
£9.50 for a trio
This doesn't say what shade it is but I like it.

Boots No.7 Advent Calender days 1-7

Tesco Beauty Advent Calender Days 1-7

Tesco Coundown to Christmas Advent Calendar was £50 (now reduced to £25) 

Day 1
Eylure Naturalites Lashes 116
rrp £5
I never wear fake lashes and these will be no exception, will pass them on to someone that can get some use out of them.

Day 2
 Tanya Burr Nail Polish 12ml in 'Midnight Sparkles'
rrp £3.99
This is a nice purple shade with a touch of shimmer, but not something I will use.

Day 3
Paul Smith Extreme Eau De Toilette 5ml
worth £1.25
Italian mandarian and blackcurrant mixed with freesia. The base note of amber and musk mix with sandalwood and cedar for sensual but feminine undertones.
It's quite a nice fragrance which I think will be easy to wear.

 Day 4
Sue Moxley Spot Light Lipgloss in shade 'Bombshell' 8ml
has an rrp of £4.99 but can currently be bought for £1.99 at FragranceDirect.
As you can see its a very light pink shade. Comes with a little mirror attached to the side of the tube. I've yet to try it so not sure yet how sticky this gloss will be.

 Day 5
Katy Perry Meow Solid Eau de Parfum in Locket
rrp £7.99
This is the cutest thing! It comes in a little black drawstring bag and has a chain attached if you so desired to wear it (which I won't) It is a lovely scent with a mix of fruity and floral.

 Day 6
Organic Mini Soap from The Little Soap Company 17g
worth 62p
Not a brand i've heard of before but will definitely be looking into more.
Suitable for face & body, 100% suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Totally free from detergents, SLS, alcohol, parabens, sorbates and silicones.

 Day 7
Candy Kitten Turquoise EDT 20ml
A bright burst of citrus from bergamot and apple, followed by an enchanting heart comprised of earthy cedar wood and tender jasmine.
This is a nice scent but not something I'm likely to use.

 Tesco Advent Calender Days 1-7

YOU Beauty Advent Calender Days 1-7

Day 1
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser & Muslin Cloth 30ml
worth £5.50
I have a few samples of this already, tried it once and my skin felt dry and broke out after using it so I will probably pass this on.

Day 2
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 30ml
worth £17.50
I love Laura Mercier and own this particular product already. Works well as a base for my makeup. 

Day 3
Molten Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash 30ml
worth £1.80
This has got a lovely strong orange scent, really nice.

Day 4
Essie Nail Polish 13.5ml from the Encrusted Treasures Collection
Shade Ignite The Night
Worth £9.99
I'm not one to wear polish much but I quite like this sparkly polish, will be good for a night out.

Day 5
Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion 50ml
worth £4
I own many products from this brand and love this body lotion, its not overly perfumed either just a subtle scent which is great.

Day 6
Masque Eclat Express Radiant Glow Express Mask 10ml
worth £12.17
Contains red & white clay. Full size 60ml costs £73 so I'm hoping I don't like this mask too much! But hopefully I can get 2 uses out of this sample.

Day 7
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle 9cl
worth £16
Contains West Indian bay for comforting and Myrrh for fortifying.
Also comes with a £10 off code with no minimum spend at

Days 1-7 You Beauty Discovery Advent Calender

Sunday, 30 November 2014

My Beauty Advent Calenders 2014

Growing up I never really had a chocolate advent calendar, it just wasn't something we did in my family. I would however sometimes buy discounted ones in the sales after Christmas :) hey chocolate is chocolate right?!

Last year was the first time I bought a beauty advent calendar (from boots) honestly I never knew they existed before then! This year I may have gone a bit overboard and purchased not 1, not 2 but 3 advent calendars....well if I don't treat myself who will?? 

YOU Beauty Advent Calendar £49.95 (Worth over £240) Still available to buy.
This Calender was a no-brainer for me! Including brands such as Laura Mercier, Liz Earle, Benefit, John Masters....who could resist. I did have a quick look at the contents before buying and there are a few repeats from boxes I've received over the last few months BUT it's products I'm happy to have duplicates of. Also included are many products I've yet to try. This is a HUGE box and comes with a handy booklet with info on all the products featured. 

Boots No.7 Beauty Calender £35 (contents worth £130) Sold out online, but may still be available in some stores.
As I mentioned above it was the Boots Advent Calender I bought last year. This year instead of a mix of brands the calendar only has No.7 products. I normally buy at least one No.7 gift set at Xmas so this makes a good alternative. Contains best selling products, a special beauty quote behind every door and has an extra door to open on Christmas day.

Tesco Coundown to Christmas Advent Calendar £50 (now reduced to £25 for a very limited time) contents worth £125.
This is the first year Tesco have released a beauty advent calendar. Contains brands such as Nip+Fab, Korres, Katy Perry, Dr. LeWinns, Baylis & Harding. I was able to use some club card boost points making this calendar cost me only £5! What a bargain.

I really wanted the Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar but unfortunately I was at work when it was released and it sold out within hours! But to be fair there are a lot of products I wouldn't use and 6 of the items aren't even Benefit products! So instead I bought this Best of Benefit set for £24.50 in the Black Friday deals. Still available to buy online and instore.

I'm so excited I can't wait to start opening these tomorrow, this is better than Christmas :)
Were you lucky enough to get your hands on a beauty advent calendar this year or are you going traditional and getting a chocolate one? Leave a comment below :)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Soothing Sista Memebox Collaboration

Soothing Sista Memebox Collaboration

New Collab box now available, just click the picture to take you to the box.

YYNS0V will get you $5 off

Friday, 14 November 2014

Birchbox UK November - Cosy At Home

This months Birchbox landed earlier this week while I was away visiting family. The theme is 'Cosy at Home' which is a perfect fit for this time of year. Wrapping up warm and snuggly at home, this box has been designed for the ultimate pamper on a cosy night in.

This month subscribers were all given a full sized skincare product from Dr Jart+. I received V7 Turnover Booster which retails for £32!! This lightweight gel serum soothes and moisturises the skin to leave your complexion glowing.

Next up is another full sized product. OPI Nail Lacquer in a shimmery silvery shade 'Turn on the Haute Light' - RRP £11.95. Part of the limited edition Coca-Cola collection, this is a gorgeous polish for the festive season.

I'm no stranger to Birchbox's own brand Beauty Protector. My hair loves this range! I already own the full sized Protect & Detangle leave-in conditioner (RRP £14) so this sample will go in my travel bag. Used on damp hair, this spray detangles, minimises frizz, safegaurds colour and adds shine to your hair. And it smells Amazing!

Lord & Berry Mini Bronzer in the shade 'Sienna' (full size £19) I'm not really one to use bronzers as most contain shimmers, but this one has super fine, matte bronzing pigments which will be great for adding a healthy glow throughout the cooler months.  

What beauty box would be complete without including a perfume sample? English Laundry Signature For Her - I've received samples of this in past boxes but happy to receive another sample as full size costs £60. It is a lovely floral scent with hints of musk. Still doesn't beat my normal Ghost Eclipse perfume but will be nice to wear when I want a change.

Last up is the lifestyle extra - A multivitamin with a difference - Drinkwel Capsules (£32.99 for 90 capsules) Packed with all the good stuff needed to help you recover after a big night out drinking! You are to take 3 capsules with water before bed to help with the hangover in the morning. Or take in morning with food & water to keep you energised throughout the day. An interesting product, not something I would of thought to buy myself.

So there we have it, Novemebers Cosy at Home Birchbox. A great selection of products including 2 full sized items! Did you get a box this month? Did you get the same or difference products?

You can sign up to Birchbox HERE and get £5 worth of points to spend in the e-shop. 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

New VIP Memeboxes!! Thanksgiving Collection

2 new limited edition boxes for Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but thought I'd share these boxes with you anyway.  Feel free to use my discount code YYNS0V to get you $5 off.

Thanksgiving Box Collection #1 For Me $26

Put this on your own wish list: K-Beauty junkies will go nuts over this limited edition “Thanksgiving Box Collection #1 For Me”! This ready-made luxury gift box has a special Thanksgiving themed box design, and a personal Thanksgiving holiday greetings message inside just for you!

Everyone knows the best gifts are the ones you get yourself, so say thanks to yourself this 2014 Thanksgiving season, packed with the perfect collection of K-Beauty selects - skincare, makeup, and everything in between! Considering all the 2014 stress – think overtime work, juggling 2 kids, and cramming for finals week – you really, really need to give yourself a break to say thank you! And why not say thanks to yourself with a box full of skin nourishing, skin-loving essentials!
In honor of treating yourself (because we all know you deserve it), we've put together a special box full of holy grail K-Beauty goodies (we promise you’ll use ‘em to the very last drop!) that we want to gift to you this Thanksgiving season!

Thanksgiving Box Collection #2 For You $26

Looking for a unique way to say thanks to that special someone this fall season? Need a gift for your mom, sister or friend hosting 2014 Thanksgiving dinner? Then, opt for this ready-made luxury gift box, specially designed with a Thanksgiving themed box design, and a personal Thanksgiving holiday greeting!

Pamper that special lady with this amazing limited edition “Thanksgiving Box Collection #2 For You” box, packed with ONLY the best K-Beauty goodies!
Bursting with the ultimate collection of K-Beauty skin care, makeup, and more, this user-friendly gift box is sure to satisfy everyone from the picky young’un to the ultimate K-Beauty devotee!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Love Me Beauty - October Box

The new and improved Love Me Beauty give subscribers 6 credits each month to create their very own bespoke box! Typically full sized items are worth 2 credits and sample/dulex sizes are worth 1 credit. This month I had 7 credits (1 extra credit given for completing surveys on the old system) and I was given a bonus product for being a regular subscriber :)
If you'd like to sign up you can do so HERE and enter code SDAQOF at checkout for an extra credit.

This month I have 3 full sized and 3 travel sized items in my box!

 This first product I chose was Oriflame - Swedish Spa Cooling Shower Mousse 150ml (£4.95 - 2 credits)
This foaming shower mousse contains Peppermint Oil, which gives an immediate cooling feeling and Silver Birch Extract known for its remineralising properties. Leaves skin refreshed and with a delicate scent.
 Next up I chose Percy & Reed - Lovingly Light Foaming Treatment Mask 150ml (£20 - 2 credits)
Enriched with strengthening ProVitamin B5 to help boost weakened strands and lengths, it leaves your hair feeling soft, nourished, stronger and healthier.

Malin+Goetz is a brand I've not used before, so I opted to try the Vitamin E Face Moisturiser 29ml (£36 for 118ml - 1 credit) A residue-free moisturiser which gently and effectively hydrates and ph balances the skin without blocking the pores, and the Grapefruit Face Cleanser 29ml (£25 for 236ml - 1 credit) a foaming gel that uses natural grapefruit extract and amino acid-based skincare agents to deeply cleanse skin and remove makeup.
With my extra credit I chose S5 Renew Serum 10ml (£10 - 1 credit)
I really like this brand and choose two S5 products in last months box. This is an age defying treatment which plumps and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful complexion.

 As a bonus this month I received a full sized 100ml bottle of Weleda Calendula Massage Oil worth £9.95.

Overall I'm really pleased with this box and the value of the products. As it stands the website has not been updated yet since September so I'm hoping to see some new brands/products next month.
Sign up to Love Me Beauty & be sure to enter code SDAQOF at checkout for an extra credit.